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Carr to get public defender

July 30, 1997

CHARLES TOWN W.Va. - The Wisconsin man charged in the shooting of three Maryland men Saturday night in Harpers Ferry will be assigned a public defender, officials said.

The Public Defender's Office in Jefferson County received an application Tuesday to represent Patrick J. Carr, 53, of Minocquan, on three counts of malicious wounding, but no attorney had yet been assigned to the case.

Carr is charged with three counts of malicious wounding in the shootings of Danny Lerch, James Hoare and Barry Deeds Sr. at the Harpers Ferry Flea Market at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. His preliminary hearing before Magistrate Katherine Santucci is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.

Lerch, 34, was upgraded to fair condition Tuesday at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., a hospital spokesman said. Hoare, 36, was also in fair condition at the same hospital. Both are from Knoxville.

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Deeds, of Point of Rocks, was released from Jefferson Memorial Hospital on Sunday.

The three men were among a group that tried to stop Carr after a 5-year-old boy was lured into a nearby wooded area, police have said. An investigation into that incident continues, police said.

Police said on Monday that Carr was refusing to answer questions. When he was arraigned after the shootings he would not even sign the charging documents, officials said.

Carr is in jail in lieu of $750,000 bond.

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